Personalized medicine is more than genomic medicine: confusion over terminology impedes progress towards personalized healthcare.
Over the last decade, scientific discovery and technological advances have created great anticipation for capabilities to tailor individual medical decisions and provide personalized healthcare. Despite some advances, adoption has been sporadic and there remains a lack of consensus about what personalized healthcare actually means. This confusion has often resulted from the mistake of equating personalized medicine with genomic medicine, and thereby, attributing it as yet unfulfilled expectations of genomic medicine to the broader application of personalized medicine. The lack of a clear understanding of personalized medicine has limited its adoption within clinical delivery models. It is thus essential to reach a consensus regarding what personalized healthcare and its components mean. We propose that personalized healthcare is an approach to care that utilizes personalized medicine tools to deliver patient-centered, predictive care within the context of coordinated service delivery, and it is poised to improve healthcare delivery today.
Simmons, LA; Dinan, MA; Robinson, TJ; Snyderman, R
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